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Phil Hope [holding answer 9 January 2006]: There were 915 thousand learners funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) enrolled on Adult and Community Learning (ACL) courses in 2004/05 in England; the comparable figure for 2003/04 was 923 thousand learners.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effects of prioritising 14 to 19 education on the funding of Prince's Trust schemes in North East Milton Keynes. 
As the allocation of funding in local arrears relates to the LSC's operational responsibilities, Mark Haysom the LSC's chief Executive has written to the hon. Member with the information requested for Milton Keynes and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.
I write in response to your recent Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where you asked what assessment she has made of the effects of prioritising 14 to 19 education on the funding of Prince's Trust schemes in North East Milton Keynes.
Firstly, Milton Keynes College directly provides Prince's Trust provision and this is funded from the College's mainstream Further Education budget, as provided by the LSC. This funding is used for activities chiefly in Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, although we do not have a breakdown of the information into specific constituencies or wards for Milton Keynes.
Secondly, the Learning and Skills Council in the South East has decided, on a regional basis, to continue to support Prince's Trust activity via a conduit college; in this case, Milton Keynes College. The College occupies an important place in this process and acts as the 'conduit college' to enable other non-FE providers to undertake Prince's Trust activities.
The South East, as an LSC region, has committed to continue to fund Prince's Trust activity within the region for the coming year. This academic year (2005/06) the budget allocated for the South East region is £1.3 million.
Milton Keynes College is the conduit college for Prince's Trust Volunteers funding within the South East region. Funding is channelled through the college out to 12 partner deliverers of Prince's Trust programmes across the 6 South East LSC areas. Target learners are 1625 and from groups, such as disaffected, care leavers, drug abusers, ex-offenders, etc. They follow the Prince's Trust Team Programme through which they aim to achieve the customised City & Guilds Profile of Achievement. In the period August 01 to Dec 04, 1,687 learners participated in programmes in the southeast. Milton Keynes College record learners as part of the college's Individual Learner Record and Prince's Trust activity is included within the college Final Claim and Audit
For 2004/05 the amount spent on Prince's Trust activities by the team within Milton Keynes College operating within the Milton Keynes area totalled £63,515.70. The amount projected by the College for 2005/06 is £109,112.75.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage change in funding to (a) schools, (b) further education colleges and (c) universities has been since 1997; and what the change in (i) the numbers of students and (ii) academic results was over that period. 
We do not hold detailed figures for universities. However, funding for Higher Education as a whole rose from £7.2 billion in 199798 to a planned level of £7.8 billion in 200506, a real terms increase of 11 per cent.
The number of pupils achieving 5 or more A*C grades at GCSE and equivalent nationally has risen from 45.1 per cent. in 1997 to 55.7 per cent. (provisional) in 2005. The percentage of 11-year-olds achieving the target level for their age (level 4) has increased from 63 per cent. in 1997 to 79 per cent. in 2005 in English and from 62 per cent. to 79 per cent. in mathematics.
Further Education has seen an increase in average student success rates from 53 per cent. to 72 per cent. between 1997/98 and 2004/05. Over the same period, the proportion of newly qualified graduates who obtained a first or upper second class degree rose from 50 per cent. to 55 per cent.
Bill Rammell: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) collects data annually in the Higher Education Students Early Statistics survey (HESES) which gives a first indication of student numbers each year. The data for 200506 has been collected from institutions by HEFCE but has not been fully validated. We would expect to have the final data, verified by institutions, by end January.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many United Kingdom nationals entered higher education at institutions based in England in the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
|Total entrants (of known nationality)||215,210||213,140||301,785||312,895||320,185|
|Percentage of whose nationality is not known(6)||29||33||10||9||8|
|Total, of knowns, who are UK nationals||183,130||179,770||248,050||255,625||258,745|
|Percentage of knowns, who are UK nationals||85||84||82||82||81|
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